Catherine Streng is a 24-year-old English teacher who recently shared with Twitter that her adorable grandmother was almost taken by the sea in Icelandic water after the iceberg she posed on was pulled away by a huge wave.
Streng thankfully detailed the epic incident in a thread, accompanied with pictures.
Steng currently works in South Korea but has family based in Texas.
Her father alerted her of their grandma’s recent antics — consisting of a series of texts and photos of the trip.
Streng shared with Buzzfeed the reason behind why they were in Iceland.
Her dad’s mother wanted to experience “the nature and beautiful scenery” opf the Nordic area — and that is exactly what happened.
“My father described [what happened] in the following way,” Streng shared with the outlet, sharing one of the descriptive texts her dad had sent her:
“She ascended the throne after a wave had pulled back and left it briefly exposed on the beach. Then a wave washed in and dislodged the ice throne, rocking it from side to side. When the wave retreated, it lifted the dislodged throne throne and carried her out with the tide.”
Streng shared how her grandmother floated out so far out that she required a formal rescue.
Thankfully – there was someone around who was able to help.
Randy Lacount, a licensed boat captain and water rescuer from Florida, witnessed the whole incident and quickly came to her rescue.
“He just happened to be onshore when the whole thing occurred, so he waded out into the roiling water and pulled her off the iceberg as it drifted out to sea, supporting her until they reached the shore,” Streng’s dad shared.
Streng’s father and grandmother are still on vacation in Iceland — the teacher noting how several others had successfully posed for the iceberg photos without any drama but grandma was the “lucky one,” saying:
“That’s just so something that would happen to my family.” he added.
The internet (of course) had fire comments, such as:
“Elsa in 60 years.”
“Titanic 2: Iceberg’s Revenge on Rose.”
“Granny is going to Atlantis.”
“Grandma is doing it for the gram.”
“and no one is gonna mention how the dad kept taking pictures..”
Guide to Iceland‘s website states how some of Iceland’s beaches are very popular tourist destinations — notably due to the North Atlantic sea’s waves.
However, the website urges how the waves can be extremely unpredictable, stating:
“They can be very high and large, and the undercurrent in the ice-cold sea is very strong. Sneaker waves can also occur – when a single wave is much larger than the other ones, sneaking up far onto the beach. The danger lies in getting too close to the waves. Even if it’s a nice and calm day and you feel like you’re at a safe distance, then suddenly a big wave can come and sweep you out to sea.”
The website warns just how fatal the waves can be, saying:
“Someone gets caught by the waves almost EVERY DAY! Whereas most people just get slightly wet clothes or shoes, some get their camera equipment ruined (which is quite common) and tragically, a few people have died. Don’t turn your back to the sea and don’t get lost in taking that selfie. The waves are much stronger than you’d expect.”
Well, there you have it folks — grandma really was lucky after all!
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